Well that was fun...
I'm no longer in South Dakota. Let's just say, plans change. I'm back in Texas, still working in surveying for construction but back to an office gig and MUCH closer to home.
Hmmmm... Mid September was when I saw the writing on the wall and headed back to temperate Maryland from Fort St. John, BC just ahead of the first cold front.
I loved my job when I was working in the Snow Belt of Michigan but between the miserable weather and family issues I knew that one more Winter from Hell was not in my future. Never regretted the change in scenery.
From a geographic standpoint alone, you made the right choice. I'm sure it was more complicated than simply weather though; plans always change. That's what makes for an interesting life!
Crack a Lone Star for me.